Electric Bicycle Regulation Waiting for Final Approval from Lawmakers
Shenzhen traffic police have announced that reports on the lifting of the restrictions on electric bikes circulating on the internet is not true. The traffic police say that they are just waiting for lawmakers to approve the final draft before they imposed the traffic controls.
News has been circulating that the city is allowing electric bikes to meet national standards, with some bike dealers even claiming that restrictions were lifted on major streets and downtown areas. Currently a ban is in effect that doesn’t allow electric bikes to enter major business areas from June 6 to December 5. Offenders caught have been given warnings.
Once the draft is approved by the city’s lawmakers, electric bikes will be restricted in major areas in the city. Electric bikes used for postal services and deliveries will be exempted from the restrictions. The ban on the electric bikes have long been a controversial issue in Shenzhen, lawmakers decided to issue restrictions instead of a ban since this type of transportation is popular and environment friendly because there are no emissions.
The bikes are also affordable and can easily maneuver in traffic. As of now there are 500,000 electric bikes in Shenzhen. The city’s desicion to impose this restriction s is due to the increasing number of road accidents involving electric bikes that resulted in injuries and even death.